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On Saturday, July 8th, we celebrate the various writing professions of creative parents at our House of Lit Party on Governors Island!

Come and bring your whole family! Your friends! Your writing group! Your book club! This is going to be huge!

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Pen Parentis is joining forces with Mutha Magazine at the Empire State Center for the Book Governors Island Popup!

  • Meet Comic Book Artists In Residence
  • Hear amazing readers and buy a book if the mood strikes you
  • Learn more about Mutha Magazine and Pen Parentis
  • Ask Pen Parentis Writing Fellows how it changed their lives to win the fellowship
  • Open Mic from 4pm – 5pm! Sign up during the day!
  • ALL DAY – (outside) Participate in the Living Lexicon
  • ALL DAY (inside): Writing on the Wall: Mutha Secrets

When: July 8, 2017

Where: House 4B in Nolan Park

Time: 10am to 5pm (drop in or stay all day!)

Other: $2 Ferries depart from Brooklyn and Manhattan. Show IDNYC for a free ride. Morning ferries (to 11am) also free. Click here for ferry info. 

As part of the Empire State of the Book weekend festival, join Pen Parentis and Mutha Magazine for a whole day of interactive, literary-themed activities great for all ages on Governor’s Island. Bring the kids if you have them. Or not. Your call. This is about YOU. Drop in or stay all day. No admission fees.

From 10am – 2:30 pm the sessions are appropriate for all ages, with special programming for the very young

From 2:30 – 5pm sessions are PG+ content (kids are allowed, but note that programming is adult-oriented)

11am – 1pm        Pen Parentis Fellows Jess DeCourcy Hinds, Frank Haberle, and Orli Van Mourik

11am -1pm         Spellbound Theatre: drop-in storytelling puppetry workshop (for the very young and their parents)

1pm – 2:30pm   Ginny Wiehardt runs a poetry workshop for kids – drop ins welcome (parents too!)

2:30 – 4pm        Live-drawing by Lauren Weinstein, creator of the comics series Normel Person (The Village Voice)

2:30 – 4pm        Comics Storytelling Workshop (drop-in) with  Joanna Herman and Lisa Wilde and Anna Mudd
                                 Beginners are welcome! Learn to draw comics even if you never thought you could.

4pm – 5pm        Readings by featured readers Elizabeth Isadora Gold, Gabriella Belfiglio, Meg Lemke

Discussion with comic artists and others throughout the day.

Open Mic between 4-5 pm ! Sign up during the day.




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